Tuesday, March 15, 2011

Something

Wouldn't it be something if...
  • the "need" to change the STEM application process hadn't been mentioned by the Executive Director of Special Education in direct response to my friend's statement that her son had gotten into the STEM program on his own merits? 
  • the changes to the STEM application process had been what we were after?
  • the timing weren't suspicious?
  • the changes to the STEM application were going to be used to program for students with social or oganizational skills issues who had the high cognitive ability to make it into STEM based on academics rather than to be used to screen out 2e students?
  • the chosen assessment tool for the evaluation of non-academics were a valid tool for predicting success in STEM?  
  • there were nothing retaliatory or punitive in these actions?
 Wouldn't it be something if...
  • we had been able to get answers to our initial request for clarification and guidance on how to implement the IEPs of students already accepted into the STEM program rather than to have someone delete from the STEM website what limited guidance it had contained?
  • the Executive Director of Special Education and the Supervisor of STEM addressed the problem they claim this really is -- that parents don't realize that STEM is for highly abled learners who are also strong in social and organizational skills -- by stating publicly the eligibility criteria other than academics?
  • 2e children were welcomed into STEM for their strengths and gifts instead of being screened out because of their deficits?
  • the Executive Director of Special Education and the Supervisor of STEM realized that limiting STEM to "perfectly gifted" students -- born out by their actions despite their words -- eliminates the very students with unique talents in math and the sciences who get straight A's and win science awards?
  • the Department of Special Education had a history of and reputation for ethically working to the spirit of the law?
  • there were nothing retaliatory or punitive in these actions?

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